I recently bought a Nexus7 tablet and I'm currently working on integrating into my dashboard, but for now I can't just have my tablet floating around in an insecure fashion and risk something happening to it prematurely. I like to take my time when custom-building, but at the same time I find myself unable to get produce a permanent solution just yet.
NOTE: This tutorial is regarding a super cheap route I took to "temporarily" mount my Nexus7. Doing it this way, while is cost effective and fast, is not what you would want to do if you're looking to show off or flaunt... unless you just don't care [as I kind of don't]. Enjoy the video to see what i'm talking about.
Step 1: Minimal Cutting + Minimal Tools = Maximum Efficiency
Swiss Army Knife
You're dealing with a cardboard box, so you're not looking to change out of your church clothes for this one.
FIRST- The box has a middle section (smaller box) that is removable, which is where the charging cable, owner's manual, and headphones would be located. Take that section out.
SECOND- take your knife and make 4 simple punctures (cuts) on the on the bottom and back panel of your box [relative to the dashboard] where you'll be sticking in the zip-ties.
THIRD- Slide your zip-ties in, but don't close the ties until you've dry fitted the box onto your space. You'll see why in the next step.
Step 2: "dry Mount" and Tie
ALSO... because of the zip-ties, you're going to have to cut slightly at where the edge corner of the accessories box fits into the bigger tablet box. the cuts are done to make channels for the zip-ties to fall into and everything sits flush as it normally would.
Step 3: Stick Down and Expose Buttons
Now, you want to take two more strips of double-sided tape and slap them on that middle section (the removable smaller box). This is going to attach to the tablet and act as an anchor onto the bigger box... plus, this is how your tablet is going to stay on without falling while our drive. I positioned my box at a rather upright position, so this is of course necessary. If you have more of a slanted positioning, then you're in a better place, but your tablet will still fall out with a good enough bump. Not to mention, when you want to pull your tablet out, the little box slides out quite effortlessly by hand.
NOTE: I don't suggest using the EXTREMELY HEAVY DUTY tape. My is made by the Scotch brand and works rather well. If you're the type of person who is going to be annoyed at having this little box attached to your tablet when you take it out, the just don't do this. Keep in mind that stickier tape just leads to more cleanup [on your tablet] when you're trying to undo this.
By now you should've considered cutting a little into the box where any side buttons need to be exposed: power, volume, etc. It's cardboard... just cut it.
Step 4: Place and Done!
Enjoy your temporary tablet integration. Remember the extra money you DID NOT spend. And if you're the lazy type who tends to leave start-up projects unfinished... Good Luck to you.